The Nightmare Headline Game

Another source of inspiration for charters can stem from our worst fears. A classic risk management technique involves imagining a catastrophic failure and then backing your way into discovering risks that could lead to that failure.

This particular activity makes for a great group exercise. It benefits greatly from the creativity generated in a group brainstorm with people who represent a diverse set of perspectives. In addition, it can help those who usually think in terms of creating, such as developers, business analysts, and product managers, to shift into thinking about what could go wrong and how to detect vulnerabilities.

To run this exercise, gather the participants in a room stocked with paper and ...

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